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It's the Christmas lantern parade and tree lights ceremony this Saturday

Thursday 2 December 2021, 16:02
By Dave Smith

Star lanterns hanging in the window at Bootmakers Workshop, with Wincanton’s clock tower in the background

Wincanton’s impressive Market Place Christmas tree is up, ahead of the lights and carols ceremony this Saturday, 4th December.

In recent years, 2020 excluded for obvious reasons, the ceremony has been preceded by a Christmas lantern parade. Introduced in 2015, the parade has successfully involved a great many children and families from the local schools in the festivities. Participants march down Wincanton High Street to Market Place to join the tree-lighting and carol-singing ceremony, significantly boosting the usual turnout and energising the atmosphere.

4:45pm - parade assembly at Wincanton Memorial Hall

5:00pm - parade departure

5:10pm - lighting of the Christmas tree and carols at Market Place

This year the lantern parade is changing up a gear with the help of Bootmakers Workshop, supported by South Somerset District Council's Town Centre Regeneration programme funding from the Somerset Association of Local Councils (SALC). On Saturdays 13th, 20th and 27th November, Bootmakers hosted free workshops for families, offering a creative space, designers and materials for making bigger and better lanterns than in previous years. Oh, and pizza.

The lanterns are made from a willow frame covered with stengthened tissue paper, in a variety of shapes including stars, shells and angels, and lit from within by bright LEDs. The lanterns will measure between a foot and several feet and all together should look like an arresting, illuminated river of people and artwork making its way down the High Street.

A Wincanton child holding a willow lantern frame at Bootmakers Workshop

“I’m delighted to say that thanks to everyone who has come in to the Workshop for our community lantern making, and thanks to Wincanton Primary School, Bootmakers Workshop has around 100 willow and tissue paper lanterns ready for Saturday’s parade. All are brilliant - some are show stopping!

The final lantern making workshop was last Saturday. Anyone wishing to collect their lantern from us ready for the parade is welcome to drop in just before it starts. We have a busy Saturday of parties booked in, so if you could come to collect around 4pm (the parade starts at 4:45pm) we will be here to hand them over.”

 - Safia Shah, Bootmakers Workshop

Eating pizza at Bootmakers Workshop in Wincanton while building lanterns for the parade

Gluing strengthened tissue paper onto the willow lantern frame

Partially complete globe lantern

Ian Thomas from Bootmakers Workshop finishing a globe lantern for the parade

Making lanterns with creative shapes at Bootmakers Workshop in Wincanton

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